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Hi I'm Paul

At age 76, I fell 12 feet from our attic to the concrete below. I received a broken hip, a shattered elbow, and a cracked rib.

About Me

As I recovered, my sweetheart and I have learned patience. She in New Hampshire I in Idaho, met online and were married in the Boston Temple 5 years ago. Since then we have spent 2 years in Hong Kong and 2 weeks in Nauvoo, Illinois as missionaries. We now live in Washington near my daughter and 4 grandchildren, and hope to renovate a small cabin in New Hampshire near my wife's mother, 6 of her 7 children, and 3 of her 4 grandchildren. Recently, we enjoyed a 2 week tour of Jordan and Israel and look forward to soon serving another mission for 18 months. I enjoy outdoor activities (especially hiking), playing board games (especially games of skill, such as Othello and chess). Past adventures include a 1,000 mile solo 3-speed bike trip from BYU to Meridian, Idaho via Yellowstone Park; a 2-day solo hike through Zion Park Narrows; 75 miles of trail maintenance; and 3 days in the Redding, California Jail (instead of a fine) for a minor traffic violation. As the middle of 6 siblings, I spent the first 14 years of my life in Los Angeles, California. As a shy child, I missed out on many social learning experiences. I now volunteer for such experiences even if it means looking foolish. After graduating from Meridian High School, where I participated in drama and track, I graduated in Botany from BYU. After an MS degree in Plant Pathology, an "ABD degree" in Educational Psychology, and a career as a school psychologist/counselor, I got an EdD in adult education at the age of 72.

Why I am a Mormon

My great grandfather, John Pack, joined the Church in the early 19th century. He was part of first Mormon pioneer company to enter the Salt Lake Valley. My mother's mother joined the Church as a youth in Germany. Even though I was raised in the Church, there came a time in my life as a teenager that I determined to seriously know for myself of the veracity of its claims. Through study, prayer and striving to do God’s will, I have obtained an undeniable witness of the authenticity of The Book of Mormon. I have also come to know without any doubt that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed Jesus Christ's church restored to the earth through Joseph Smith and others associated with him. It brings great joy to my heart to watch others as they search for truth and come to know these truths for themselves. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve as secretary and financial secretary, respectively, for the Hong Kong Mission. We look forward to serving more full-time missions in the future. We have also found great joy as we have served as ordinance workers in the Hong Kong, Boston, and Spokane Temples. As I have endeavored to keep the covenants I have made with God and His Son, Jesus Christ, I have been blessed beyond my fondest dreams. There is no doubt in my mind and heart that we again have living prophets on the earth to help guide us through troubled times. As I strive to heed their counsel, along with that found in the Holy Scriptures, I have experienced joy and peace that have been of great comfort to me, especially during some of the most difficult struggles in my life. Those struggles have included 2 unwanted divorces, after 30 and 10 years of marriage, respectfully, and my recent 12-foot fall. Through it all I am beginning to learn a tiny portion of the empathy and love that our Savior, Jesus Christ has for each of us, His literal spirit children.

How I live my faith

As school psychologist, I especially enjoyed teaching parent and teacher effectiveness. I also spent 6 years as a junior high school math teacher and 6 years teaching theology to mentally handicapped adults. A highlight of my career was the opportunity to help inspire a charter high school of 75 students to raise $33,333 in 33 days so about 30 of the students could spend 3 days in Mexico working on 3 different orphanages and serve the orphans there. I also have my real estate broker’s license and through own financing have been able to help others willing to do some hard work to purchase a home in need of repair that they otherwise would not have been able to buy. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have had the opportunity to serve in the Church in variety of settings. As a teenager I served as junior assistant scoutmaster. Later I served as assistant scoutmaster for the 11 year old boy scouts. At the age of 20 I served a 2-year mission in Chicago and surrounding areas. During my 30-year marriage to my first wife I had the opportunity to serve as head of the local young men's organization, in the presidency of 3 different branches of the Church, as an adult Sunday school teacher, and primary teacher. Later I served as Sunday school president of a congregation, and single adult leader serving several congregations. These and other service opportunities have been both a challenge and a joy. However, some of my greatest joys have come from teaching 7 and 8 year old Primary children, helping them prepare for baptism.